Official Web Site of Heiau Keau Kukui `Ula Historic Preserve

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MARCH 4 @ 10 A.M.
APRIL 1 @ 10 A.M.

Meeting is held in Pualani Estates at a Chairperson's home. Schedule is subject to change. Seating is limited. Please call in advance 808.327.9792 or email email the Hui to confirm your attendance. Mahalo!


K. Kealani Winter - CoC
R. Likeke Bumanglag - CoC
J. Nohea Alexander - R&DM Mgr. (Documentation & Research Sub-Committee)

C. Pohaku Dechape

At-Large Contributingl Heiau Members:

Sharon Alexander

Roger Farnsworth

JR Rosario

Delbert Smith

(Now accepting applications for new members.)

Aloha Kākou!

This web site has been created to communicate the on-going progress and activities of the heiau as it evolves into the future. It will also share the heiau's historic significance, its use, and information relevant to the preservation of Hawaiian Culture.

The Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau is located within the Pualani Estates at Kona subdivision, below the town of Holualoa. The historic cultural preservation plan was established between the State of Hawai`i, Hawai`i County, Pualani Estates of Kona, and residents of Hawai`i Island. Pualani Estates, as the Community Curatorship Organization, is proud to be a partner in the preservation of this sacred Hawaiian treasure. Without the agreement between the State and Community, Pualani Estates would not exist as it does today. We are one of a handful of developments on the Big Island to be fortunate--and privileged--to have an open-space heiau as well as a Hawaiian cultural treasure.

The heiau grounds (including its perimeter) is currently under restoration and off-limits to anyone except authorized individuals. Violators are subject to Chapter 6E-11, Hawai`i Revised Statutes.


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heiau videos - BECOME A VOLUNTEER



As part of the coral removal process, members of the Hui installed a paepae ki (threshold/fence) marking the upper level of the heiau's entrance.

To make the 13-foot "fence" the ki leaves were harvested, sun-cured, stripped, then tied together in a row. The process took several days to complete. The green ki leaves were donated by PEK director Sharly Ward who's property is next to the heiau.

Ki plants have several symbolic meanings in Polynesian cultures. For example, it is associated with the Hawaiian god, Lono, and Laka, the goddess of the hula. It has many uses in Polynesian cultures and is one of the most important canoe plants brought by anciant Hawaiians.

Other common beliefs of the ki include having mystical or spiritual powers, is sacred, used in healing, worn as ritual ornamentation, and (such as the Keau Kukui `Ula heiau) used as boundary markers.


A kukui tree ho`okupu representing one of the canoe plants originally brought to Hawaii by the ancient Polynesians was relocated to the N. Haku Mele Street side of the heiau. The tree was a gift from the Kuamo'o Battlefield and Burial Grounds organization, Kuamo‘o ‘Āina.

The tree is one of two trees gifted by Kuamo`o Aina. The other is a Kou tree currently located on the Paulehia heiau entry way.


Chantal Dechape was officially welcomed by the Heiau Preservation Hui at its monthly meeting on February 4. She is the latest member to join the Hui.

A portion of the meeting was devoted to sharing the Hui's mission and current priorities, and to answer any questions.

Having lived in Hawai`i for many years, Chantal is very familiar with the Big Island and has an interest in Hawaiian culture.

She is no stranger to the heiau. She passes by the heiau on her morning walks. This has also piqued her interest. "I can actually see the heiau from my home," she commented. "Somehow I've always felt a connection to it."

Having a connection to the 'Aina is one component that helps us understand the nuances and cultural practices that govern the way the preserve is sustained. With such strong interest, co-chairs of the Hui were pleased to have her as a volunteer.

Welcome aboard, Chantal!


Volunteers continue the coral clean up at the heiau.

They met again on Saturday, January 26, to resume cleaning the leftover coral, a process that will take several weeks to complete.

The work consists of picking and segregating the coral from other materials so the coral can be returned to the beach. The Hui created a short video of Saturday's work.

If you would like more information about the clean up or to volunteer, please contact the Preservation Hui for additional details.

For more information on the history of the heiau, go here.

If you enjoy doing volunteer work and want to join efforts that are making a difference, consider joining our Hawaiian culture preservation hui (committees). Many of the over 37 historical structures that once marked our coastline have been obliterated, ravaged and/or obscured by excessive developments, neglect, and time. The Hui's undertaking to preserve our Hawaiian heritage is to ensure the protection, preservation, and restoration of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau for the benefit of future generations. Hele mai! Come join us!

Mission Statement: The Historic Preservation Site Committee (HPSC/Hui) seeks to manage, preserve, collect, and interpret the cultural resources of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau.


Keau Kukui `Ula Preservation Hui (Committee)
c/o Hawaiiana Management Company, Ltd
Palani Court - Suite 215
74-5620 Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Phone: (808) 930-3218
Fax: (808) 331-1743


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